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Smelling ‘Violet’ in Renaissance Works

Article (en anglais) de Colleen Kennedy paru sur le Carnet Recipes Project, 01.08. 2013

« The violet (Viola odorata) is cited in several herbals and many recipe books as a particularly sweet scented, fragrant flower. Herbals, such as Culpeper’s, describe the violet as a “cold and moist” plant, with many medicinal qualities. It is used as a laxative, and as a treatment of syphilis and uterine complaints; it counterbalances choleric humors, is good for many lung ailments, eases headaches and sleeplessness, and is a general panacea…. »


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